Barbecue, beer and more made for another big time in South Walton last week, starting with the local chapter of Florida Public Relations Association, which met at Baytowne last Tuesday afternoon and heard Grayton Beer's Martin Liptrot speak. Christy Milliken, Chris St. John, Jami Ray, Jessica Proffitt, Katie Johnson, Michael Dobson, Ron Green, and Rhonda Murray attended.
That afternoon, Walton County's Tourist Development Council held its annual meeting at The Hilton's Barefoot Bar & Grill. Angela Vaughn, Brooke Gontarek, Cecilia Jones, Cindy Meadows, Dave and Carol Rauschkolb, Dwight Ward, Duke Bardwell, Ed and Susan Pittman, James and Rhonda Murray, Jennifer Steele, Jim Rester, Jon Ervin, Juan Adaro, Keen and Kim Polakoff, Kellie Jo Kilberg, Lori Smith, Malcolm and Linda Patterson, Martin Liptrot, Michael Granberry, Michelle Ray, Myra Williams, Nancy Stanley, Richard Veldman, Rick Helfand, Rick Talbert, Robert Davis, Russell Carter, Sammy Sanchez, Scott Russell, Sharon Maxwell, Stacey Brady, Stan Sunday, Stephanie Carter, Susan Paladini, Tim Norris, Tracy Louthain, and Zandra Wolfgram attended.
That night, Ray and Vickie Dollar, and Jane Bahr attended Seaside Rep's membership party.
Peggy Lillie and Jeanette Miller enjoyed a soup and salad lunch at Cuvee Bistro last Wednesday.
That night, Demetrius Fuller, Dennis Lichorwic, Kay Phelan, Ken Hair, Lauren Gall, Lea and Joe Capers, Michael Dobson, Ron Green, Sandy Buckley, Stacey and Mike Brady, Steve Barber, Tim Krueger, and Wanda Duke attended the upcoming Cattle Baron Ball's first Branding Party at Ruth's Chris.
The Hidden Lantern hosted an artist reception last Thursday night for its new art show "Scenes of South Walton." Carol Ann Cain won Best in Show. See her work there or at Gordie Hinds Contemporary Art in Seaside.
Vickie and Ray Dollar, Jane and Greg Bahr, Lisa Burwell, Gayle Schoettle, Dana and Helen Gerberding attended the fall wine dinner at George's in Alys Beach last Thursday night.
Lori Radford from St. Petersburg and Natalie Radford from Tallahassee came to help Margie Radford celebrate her 90th birthday last Thursday, as did Lori Drew, Greg and Beverly Schmitt, Mike and Carol Stovsky, Lorene Gruzdis and Betty Krika.
Dave Rauschkolb hosted Seaside homeowners for their annual brunch Saturday morning at Bud 'n Alley's. Annette and Patrick Trujillo, Glen Seawell, Heavenly and Bill Dawson, Jackie Gibson, Karen Tucker, Lynn Nesmith, Mary Florence and Bill Forsythe, Mary Patton, Michael and Laura Granberry, Sally and Nelson Rice, Willie Mason, Leah Stroble were some who enjoyed. Dave was the ultimate host! It was a fabulous brunch!
Nelson said he reads Party Line while in Oklahoma to keep informed about what's going on here. Mary Florence tells me she is expecting a new grandbaby.
Some of the homeowners played in the first-annual homeowners weekend petanque tournament afterwards. Winners were Tammy Massey and Jerry Miller.
Linda Miller enjoyed Rosemary Beach Uncorked last Saturday.
Demetrius Fuller, Michael Dobson, and Kate Kelley attended the Best of the Emerald Coast Saturday night at Grand Boulevard.
Last weekend's Baytowne Beer Fest got a mention in the Birmingham News online.
Denise Stegner, Dennis Lichorwic, Kate Kelley, Lauren Gall, Michael Dobson, Nancy Cottle, and Steve Barber attended Sinfonia's "An Evening With Morgan James" on Oct. 10.
I enjoyed a beautiful sunset, hors d'oeuvres, wine and conversation on the balcony of Keith and RoseAnn Knight's home overlooking the Gulf last Sunday. The Knights are back from summering in the north Georgia mountains. June and Jim Milam, and John Stasko joined us.
Welcome back also to Jake and Susie Jacobs, Wally and Shirley Weisenborn, and Ray and Martha Jones. The gang is all here.
Ann Melancom and daughter Natalie have returned from visiting family in Philadelphia.
Lori Drew visited West Palm.
Eileen West visited her sister in the Blue Ridge mountains.
Diane Parsonnet visited the north Georgia mountains.
Jacque and Harroll Castle are visiting L.A.
Joan Vienot, Leslie Kolovich, and Elam Stoltfus enjoyed showing Bob Purdy Apalachicola before he headed back to Canada.
Jennifer Clauson is visiting the Smokies.
Linda Miller saw The Eagles in Nashville.
Duaine and Ann Kief have returned from attending their daughter's wedding (Kristi Kief) at her home in Australia. Duaine and Ann also visited children and grandchildren in California on their way back.
Nancy Cottle saw "The Book of Mormon" in New Orleans.
Some congratulations are in order.
Congratulations to Vin'tij, Stinky's, The Red Bar, V Seagrove, and Cafe Thirty-A for being recognized as "Destin's Best Restaurants" by The Travel Channel. Now, if the Travel Channel writer just knew where she was!
Matt Wise has reason to brag. In the 17 and Under Elite division for the 2013 Paddleboard race season, he took first place at the Hennessey WPA World Championships in Las Vegas, the Orange Bowl Paddle Championship in Miami, and the Carolina Cup SUP Race in Wrightsville Beach. Wise also marked his third consecutive division first place finish in the Florida State Paddleboard Championship in Cocoa Beach and second victory in the East Coast Paddleboard Championship in Daytona Beach. He qualified and competed in both the 2013 Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle elite technical race and elite distance race in Dana Point.
Congratulations to architect Braulio Casas for winning the Addison Mizner Award.
Mike Huckabee proudly announced a miracle that arrived last Wednesday — his new grandson, William Huckabee Sanders, who will be called “Huck.” He weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Chef Gio and Jennifer Filippone on their wedding last weekend on the beach behind The Vue.
Our own Bad Byron's Butt Rub is now in stores in Black Diamond, Wash.
Vickie and Ray Dollar celebrated their 15th anniversary last week, and Johnny and Debbie Earles celebrated 26 years.
Sandy Weiner ran 5.106 Charity Miles last week to help the Wounded Warrior Project support our veterans, and on another day, 4 miles.
Carla and Chris Layne, owners of 30A PowerWash, had the first-place duck last Saturday at Baytowne and took home $5,000. The event was to raise funds for Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast.
Get well wishes go out to Steve Saltsman.
Sympathy is expressed to David Seering in the passing of his father.
Wish a "happy birthday" Saturday to Laura Cox, and foodie Jamie Dietrich.
On Sunday to Vicki Kitahara.
Monday to Mike McManus, Tiffanie Shelton, and Robin Godwin.
Tuesday to Kay Crawford.
Wednesday to Leonora Motch, and Sarah Brazwell.
Wishing a spooky happy birthday Thursday to artist Dino Kotopoulis, Leslie Provow, Rob Wood, artist Eileen West, and occasional Walton Sun writer Matt Algarin.
And wish a "happy birthday" Friday to artist Judi Bludworth, money-lady Jane Burns, and The Sun's Belinda Martinez.
Deborah Wheeler is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Walton Sun. She may be reached at 654-8443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Her Party Line column appears weekly in The Sun. Contributions are accepted.